8th anniversary of the death of Dr Lim Hock Siew, not forgetting him and other victims of Operation Coldstore

Late Dr Lim Hock Siew

Today is the 8th anniversary of the death of Dr Lim Hock Siew (21 February 1931 – 4 June 2012).

Dr Lim was imprisoned for nearly 20 years without trial by the Lee Kuan Yew government.

We remember Dr Lim’s contributions and sacrifice for Singapore. We also remember the hardships and miseries suffered by his family.

In remembering Dr Lim Hock Siew, we do not forget the other victims of Operation Coldstore which took place under the cover of darkness on 2 February 1963.

Operation Coldstore is touted by the government as the biggest national security exercise. More than 133 people were arrested in pre-dawn raids conducted under the Preservation of Public Security Ordinance (PPSO). In noting the great number of people arrested, we often forget that in all the news reports, there was no mention of any weapon or subversive document seized from their homes. We can safely conclude that those arrested did not possess any weapon or subversive document.

Indeed, they did not even attempt to escape or resist arrest. How can the government assume that they were dangerous and had to be put away?

Dr Lim Hock Siew, a member of the Central Executive Council of the now defunct Barisan Sosialis, was warned of the approaching raids by his friends in Kuala Lumpur where the Security Council meeting was convened. He remained at his home and did not resist arrest. So did Dr Poh Soo Kai and all the others.

If they were real subversives and terrorists, would they not have attempted to escape?

It is completely ludicrous for the People’s Action Party to claim that those arrested were subversives and disloyal Singaporeans. The only people who possessed weapons were the Gurkhas and the thousands of police personnel involved in the raids. For every person arrested, at least ten armed personnel were deployed. Shock and awe tactic was used in 1963 and continues to be used today.

As the government did not have any evidence of subversion against those arrested, none was put on trial.

Under the Internal Security Act (ISA), the executive is completely free to abuse its power. It can imprison political opponents like Dr Lim Hock Siew indefinitely. Detention can go on for life.

Into his 10th year of detention, Dr Lim Hock Siew was made an offer of release upon acceptance of conditions. He refused to accede to the demands of late Lee Kuan Yew who was then the Prime Minister.

His statement from prison released by his wife, Dr Beatrice Chen on 18 March 1972 showed that he had refused to “save the face” of Lee Kuan Yew by accepting any condition for his release. His character of steel cost him another ten years in prison.

The danger of having the ISA in our statute books is that without a change of government and effective opposition, detainees like Dr Lim Hock Siew will be forgotten and be left to languish in jail indefinitely. Are we, therefore, willing to let our government continue to abuse us with this law?

A week before Dr Lim Hock Siew passed away, he texted us, the organiser of the event to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Operation Spectrum:

“Suggest on your rally on Saturday u all press for the public inquiry on detainees and abolishment of ISA …”

Fifty-seven years have gone by since Operation Coldstore. We are still waiting for an independent public inquiry for those who were unjustly detained. But we remain optimistic that change of government will take place one day and the grave injustice done to the victims of the ISA will be redressed.

Thank you, Dr Lim. We will always remember you, your sacrifice and contributions to Singapore.

 

Function 8

 

 

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18 Responses to “8th anniversary of the death of Dr Lim Hock Siew, not forgetting him and other victims of Operation Coldstore”

  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    Patriots and Heroes of Modern Singapore silenced and TORTURED by an Evil Bastard now Burning in hell…soon to be out to receive his hell NOTES and food in August and if the [email protected] is RIGHT the Gun Carriage will roll +-26th August and the lone Bagpipe will play Baa Baa Blacksheep have you any wool

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  • RIP, Dr Lim:

    History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

    If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.

    Desmond Tutu

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  • Top Money for Top Talents:

    Dear Function 8,
    The people who call for the abolish of ISA is mad.

    Even gay Taiwan Democratic Progressive Party also rust to pass similar ISA law but under a different name called anti-infiltration law.反渗透法

    Anyone who dare to criticize or investigate the DPP, DPP will brand them as collaborator of CCP and use the law to jail them.

    Function 8, don’t be double standard ok…

    1. why democratic Taiwan can have ISA and why we PAP cannot have ISA ?

    GE2020.PAP.Guarantee.Win.All
    $PAP$ Tua Kee; Majullah $PAP$; $PAP$ Huat$ Huat$ Huat$
    Singaporeans must be Cheaper, Better, Faster.
    Workers must accept wage sacrifices to keep businesses going.

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  • Questions for Democratic Crazy:

    So, many of the oppie stupidly echo with Roy saying gay Taiwan “had informed” WHO “#comment-1894287″>”very early”about the virus and its human to human transmission.

    Has anyone here read the email content to WHO tofind out the truth ?

    Well, I am pleased to reproduce scammer Taiwan DPP email content to WHO below.
    https://focustaiwan.tw/politics/202004210020

    “News resources today indicate that at least seven atypical pneumonia cases were reported in Wuhan, CHINA. Their health authorities replied to the media that the cases were believed not SARS; however the samples are still under examination, and cases have been isolated for treatment. I would greatly appreciate it if you have relevant information to share with us. Thank you very much in advance for your attention to this matter.”

    Anyone with good English please enlighten me:
    1. is this a warning letter ?
    (The lying DPP minister said it is warning letter)

    2. or is this a letter to ask for more information?

    3. is there any mentioned of human to human transmission ?
    (The lying DPP minister claim that the word isolated meant “human to human transmission”)

    The hard truth:
    Taiwan Democratic Progressive Party lies and scam the world ….

    Democratic is also double standard. Do you agree?

    Where are all the Ang Mo Tua Kee dude or Ang Mo is Angel dude ?

    Please answer leh … don’t be paiseh leh…

    GE2020.PAP.Guarantee.Win.All
    $PAP$ Tua Kee; Majullah $PAP$; $PAP$ Huat$ Huat$ Huat$
    Singaporeans must be Cheaper, Better, Faster.
    Workers must accept wage sacrifices to keep businesses going.

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  • Free Singapore:

    Question of the day.

    What is the similarity between Operation Coldstore and George Floyd case? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Killing_of_George_Floyd

    The massive and excessive abuse of power by the authority and inhumane and extreme cruel treatment upon human lives.

    If Operation Coldstore were to take place during our time, there would be massive outcry across the globe. Probably protests and pressure on the PAP government to release the detainees.

    The PAP got away cheap and now they resort to new tactics such as the use of laws (POFMA) and lawsuits.

    20 years is a long time for a person. It is a very cruel thing the PAP did. Now I understand that a taxi driver was sent to prison for posting a comment on FB. His family needs to file a complaint to the UN Human Rights Commission.

    Singaporeans need to learn how to use the “Giants” like UN and Trump to save us. There must be someone whom we can pour our grievances otherwise we will live under the PAP’s slavery forever.

    All the best to Singaporeans!

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  • Sad Past:

    History will eventually reveal the truth…
    Hope it will be a fair assessment of all parties involved then…and justice for all.
    There is always two side of the story…

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  • PAP CLOSE DOWN:

    The more I read about it, the more disgusted I get by how contemptible some people can geet.

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  • MarBowling:

    patriot of TUMASIK:
    June 4, 2020 at 9:31 pm (Quote)
    Patriots and Heroes of Modern Singapore silenced and TORTURED by an Evil Bastard now Burning in hell…soon to be out to receive his hell NOTES and food in August and if the [email protected] is RIGHT the Gun Carriage will roll +-26th August and the lone Bagpipe will play Baa Baa Blacksheep have you any wool

    Response: GREAT comments. Hopefully, all citizen esp the 69.9% KIV +-26th August date! Anyway, HAT OFF and SALUTE those GREAT FOLKS cum VICTIMS of Operation Coldstore and Operation Spectrum. Anyway, Karma and Retribution have finally caught up with Lee Kayu. Right NOW and FOREVER, he should be receiving his due JUSTICE: experiencing the SPICY HOT and then the CHILLING COLDNESS in HELL! Am sorry for being Bad-Hearted in my description. Couldn’t hold myself when thinking of ALL THE SUFFERINGS ENDURED BY ALL THE VICTIMS and THEIR FAMILIES!

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  • A Prisoner of Conscience?:

    Any person who is physically restrained (by imprisonment or otherwise) from expressing (in any form of words or symbols) any opinion which he honestly holds and which does not advocate or condone personal violence. We also exclude those people who have conspired with a foreign government to overthrow their own.

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  • youre not the boss of me:

    this sgov thinks theyre so great…want to control GOOGLE and FACEBOOK..telling them what they can or cannot publish.
    Its right that Zuckerberg told them to fish off..
    what can they do to him?

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  • Idiots:

    The only way……there is only one way to hold a PUBLIC INQUIRY………not those carried out in pariahment for taking discount on the purchase of units at NASSIM JADE. NO NOT THIS TYPE OF INQUIRY.

    AND THE MOST SECYRE WAY IS TO VOTE THEM OUT!

    When they are voted out, you can also see OTHER DOCUMENTS on Temasek, Gic, appointment of president, etc etc?

    Why don’t the KIASI and IDIOT want?

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  • Flabbergasted:

    Yeap…totally agree with your comments and in particular the manner in which the detainees were detained by our now dead dictator. No matter how long or how hard it takes, we will remember those those who suffered under Operation
    Coldstore..first things first…lets start with VTO…this coming elections.
    Then we move on…

    Cheers

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  • Pap has the mandate:

    You need to call a spade a spade and not a spoon. The old evil dead geezer Lee Kuan Yew deeds can never be whitewashed. LKY jailed many of his opponents for more than 20 years without trial is pure evil and longer than Nelson Mandala. The shameless LKY do not even believe in GOD, go and watch youtube. No wonder he does not believe in Karma. He always believed his gene is superior and the first wife of LHL was pressure to commit suicide but recorded as heart failure due to two challenging grandkids, may her soul rest in peace. One of this grandson is Gay which LKY and LHL never support the Gay community. The interesting thing is LHL like to wear pink. Yet dumb Singaporeans support the memorial of LKY to be set up for worship.

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  • Thor:

    The good people like Dr Lim has all gone.
    The bad guy$ are still around creating more HAVOC to oredy sufferring sgs.

    Hope the Corona Virus go whack the bad hats.

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  • Setting it straight ....:

    In fact, the chief founding fathers of PAP ie the DPMs Dr. Toh Chin Chye and Dr. Goh Keng Swee and even the Malaysian expert on Malayan Communist Party issues Dr. Too Chee Chew head of their Psychological Warfare unit, were all of the view that there was no evidence that Barisan Sosialis was planning a subversive communist takeover of Singapore.

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    MarBowling:
    patriot of TUMASIK:
    June 4, 2020 at 9:31 pm (Quote)
    Patriots and Heroes of Modern Singapore silenced and TORTURED by an Evil Bastard now Burning in hell…soon to be out to receive his hell NOTES and food in August and if the [email protected] is RIGHT the Gun Carriage will roll +-26th August and the lone Bagpipe will play Baa Baa Blacksheep have you any wool

    Response: GREAT comments. Hopefully, all citizen esp the 69.9% KIV +-26th August date! Anyway, HAT OFF and SALUTE those GREAT FOLKS cum VICTIMS of Operation Coldstore and Operation Spectrum. Anyway, Karma and Retribution have finally caught up with Lee Kayu. Right NOW and FOREVER, he should be receiving his due JUSTICE: experiencing the SPICY HOT and then the CHILLING COLDNESS in HELL! Am sorry for being Bad-Hearted in my description. Couldn’t hold myself when thinking of ALL THE SUFFERINGS ENDURED BY ALL THE VICTIMS and THEIR FAMILIES!

    His Evil Genes are paying through Karma and Retribution and may our Little Island in the sun be what we were before… Peaceful-Industrious and dispensing what seems to be Bigotry but fully accepted Racial Jokes we may be different culturally but NOT colour Blind until a Bastard drew a Thin Red Line between sane & INSANITY to CONtrol the Mind

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    Sad Past:
    History will eventually reveal the truth…
    Hope it will be a fair assessment of all parties involved then…and justice for all.
    There is always two side of the story…

    History is written by “Winners” and with an evil bast**d winning by selling his soul to the Devil…

    Evil will stay till The Good Rise up and “Destroy” all that was created by an Evil Bastard to fulfil hie evil dream of an Elite & Aristocrap Society similar to Hitler’s Master Race for Germany…

    Germany Rose from the ashes of war and “DESTRUCTION” and went on to be a Country of Prominence & Conscience…

    So can we and let not Evil tell you otherwise!!!

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  • Straight "A"s Marlboro Tan:

    if some of these people entered parliament wes would have seen more better policies like tuned to socialist policies. Stupid singaporean voter gave PAP free reign to do anything they want

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